Author: Ryan Weiss

US Cuts Number of Refugees to Lowest Level in Four Decades, Drawing Jewish Communal Criticism

(JTA) — The United States will cut the number of refugees that it will accept for 2019 to the lowest level set since the Refugee Act became law in 1980, drawing condemnation from Jewish groups.

On Monday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced that up to 30,000 refugees will be resettled in the United States next year under the new refugee ceiling, down from 45,000 this year.

Global humanitarian groups have called the 2018 ceiling of 45,000 too low. Since 1980, the average annual ceiling has been set at 96,229 refugees.

In addition,…

Yankees and Red Sox Meet in Rare Midweek Day Game Due to Yom Kippur

(JTA) — The New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox will meet in a rare midweek day game in the Bronx on the eve of Yom Kippur.

The game was scheduled for 1 p.m. Tuesday in order to avoid conflicting with Judaism’s holiest day of the year, The New York Times reported.

A Red Sox win would clinch the American League East Division championship. The Yankees are likely to receive a wild card berth in the postseason.

The clubs will meet again later in the month at the end of the…

Woody Allen’s Wife Soon Yi Previn Defends Filmmaker Against Accusations of Child Sexual Abuse

(JTA)– Soon-Yi Previn, the wife of filmmaker Woody Allen, defended her husband of 25 years against charges that he sexually abused his adopted daughter when she was 7.

“What’s happened to Woody is so upsetting, so unjust,” Previn, 47, told New York magazine in an interview published in the Sept. 17 issue and posted on the magazine’s Vulture website late last week. “[Mia] has taken advantage of the #MeToo movement and paraded Dylan…

Two Jewish Billionaire Donors Withdraw Support From GOP Candidates

Seth Klarman in Sun Valley, Calif., July 8, 2014. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

(JTA) — One of the largest donors to the Republican Party in New England is calling on voters to support Democratic candidates in the upcoming elections — and Seth Klarman put his money where his mouth is.

Klarman, a registered Independent who stresses that “I’m not a Democrat,” told New York Times columnist Bari Weiss on Saturday that he has donated $4.9…

US Cuts $10 Million for Israeli-Palestinian Coexistence Programs

(JTA) — The United States has cut $10 million of foreign aid money that was supporting coexistence programs between Israelis and Palestinians.

It is believed to have been the last remaining U.S. aid for Palestinian civilians.

The cuts were first reported Friday in The New York Times.

In recent weeks, the Trump administration has frozen $25 million in funding to Palestinian hospitals in eastern Jerusalem, halted all funding to the UNRWA, United Nations refugee agency that aids Palestinians, and cut more than $200 million for humanitarian and development aid in the West Bank and Gaza.

The portion of the money involving…